Shad fishing from the bank


Shad fishing from the bank

Part of what makes Shad fishing so much fun is that you really don’t need to have an expensive jet boat (or any boat at all for that matter) to participate.  In fact, an argument could be made that many bank fisherman often out-fish many boats on a per rod basis.  This is due to the fact that Shad are known to hug the shoreline tightly in certain areas, and because Bankies also have access to some of the best producing water on the entire river.

 Clackamette Park on the Willamette River is a known producer, though I suspect that it might be a bit more difficult this year with the low flows allowing fish to spread across the width of the river.   Our main focus will be on the water surrounding the Bonneville Dam complex.  Here, the water is channeled through a series of islands, resulting in several miles of fishable shoreline.  Here is a look at some of the best areas to target:

Tanner Creek- This is an area that tends to fish best when the water line is up in the bushes.  Fish will push up on to the shallow flats to escape the raging current of the channel.  Depending on water height, the cast can be rather difficult as you may be standing in the bushes and trees, so a shorter rod is a good idea.  I highly doubt we will see conditions this year to make Tanner worthwhile.

Robbins Island- The north side can provide good catching up near the deadline, though things can get pretty crowded here.  And by “Crowded” I mean shoulder-to-shoulder.  Not to mention you will be standing on a steep bank of loose rip-rap.  Nevertheless, there is a reason so many people fish here.

Bradford Island- Probably the most consistent producers on the Oregon side of the Channel.  The North side offers both fast paced combat style experience from the rock, up to the angling as well as a slightly more relaxed atmosphere on the lower half of the island.

Washington Shoreline- Accessed by Hwy 14, the entire shoreline from the Oak Tree up to the deadline can be very productive for Shad.

Just as with boat angling, gear used to target Shad from the bank can run a pretty broad scope.  In most cases a trout rod will do, but it’s nice to have something with a little more length and backbone in case you luck yourself into a chrome slab.  I like a rod designed to drift fish for Steelhead in 6-12# or 8-12# line rating.  Whether to use a casting or spinning reel is up to your personal preference. 

Your terminal setup is pretty much just like you would use to drift fish steelhead.  Tie a 10 or 12 pound mainline to a barrel swivel with 2 to 3 feet of 8# leader and a slinky on the snap.  The size of slinky will be determined by how far you need to cast, and the depth you need to achieve.  I usually start with a size .270 six shot slinky and adjust up or down from there.  For lures, the grub reigns supreme.  Starting with a 1/32 ounce jig head in green, red, or even plain, thread on a 1” chartreuse grub and you’re in business.  Other noted killers are “Shad Darts”, or a barrel swivel with a bead on top.  Dick Knights and other mini-wobbler type lures catch fish as well, but given the inherent risk of hanging up on the bottom I don’t like using a $3 lure when others that cost about $.50 work just as well or better.

Angle your cast about 45 degrees upstream to begin with and let your gear drift downstream on a slow retrieve.  The trick to finding fish is to stagger your sink time until you locate them consistently.  For example, after your gear hits the water make a five count before you begin the retrieve.  Try that a few times then if no success, go to an 8 count, and so on.  Shad are very light sensitive, so as a general rule, you will find them deeper on sunny days, and shallower on cloudy days.  Sometimes you will notice them biting at the very end of the drift, just before you are about to reel up, indicating the fish are close to shore.  When this happens, you no longer need to launch casts out to max distance.  You can simply pitch short casts right in front of your position allowing for more casts, and therefore more fish.  

Good luck, and have fun out there!

Real Time Reports From the Field- Only On Outdoor GPS!


Real Time Reports From the Field- Only On Outdoor GPS!

Every weekend on Outdoor GPS, we try to bring you the best and most up-to-date information for fishing and hunting the Pacific Northwest. This past weekend was no different! We were fortunate enough to have some of the most knowledgable and experienced outdoors people, in their particular regions, on the show to share some fantastic info that you can utilize to be successful this fall. 


Live, from Tillamook Bay, we had Big Dave Manners, filling you in on the late fall salmon and upcoming steelhead runs.


From out east, we had Bryan Bell! He's a professional walleye angler and guide, who also just happens to be our rep from Pure Fishing.


Lastly, LIVE in the woods on the Olympic Peninsula, Ashley Nichole Lewis, aka Bad Ash. She was out chasing elk and deer, but provided some excellent insight into the current fishing conditions in the region as well. 


Check out all their videos below! 


To get all this and more, in real time, tune in to Outdoor GPS on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Each week, we'll feature some of the most knowledgeable and trusted names in the outdoors providing up to the minute information (literally) on what's happening around the entire Pacific Northwest!


Fishtime - Big Dave Live from Tillamook Bay
Fishtime aka HuntTime with Ashley Nichole Lewis aka Bad Ash
Fishtime - Bryan Bell getting ready for Walleye!

Where Do Salmon Come From??


Where Do Salmon Come From??

Talk to anyone who catches salmon in the Pacific Northwest, and they’ll have an opinion on fish hatcheries. They’re good, they’re bad; they’re essential, they’re ruining the fishery; they need to make more, they need to make less… Everyone has a thought on the matter, but not a lot of people know the facts.

So, we went out to visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatcheries in the Columbia Gorge to find out what exactly they do, how, and why they do it! The following videos highlight work at the Little White Salmon, Spring Creek and Carson facilities, but they all operate in generally the same fashion. The hatcheries we visited focused on chinook salmon  - coho, steelhead and trout are the responsibility of other hatcheries including both state and tribal.

If you’ve ever wanted to know where your (hatchery) spring chinook come from or why on Earth do they make Tule salmon, these are the videos for you! 


USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt1
USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt2
USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt3
USFWS Hatcheries Tour Pt4
Salmon Spawning at USFWS Carson National Fish Hatchery

Fishermans Marine Tech Tips


Fishermans Marine Tech Tips

If you haven't yet heard, Owin is going on an antelope hunt in Wyoming in October. Only catch is he drew a rifle tag and before this fall, didn't own a rifle! Thanks to Fisherman's Marine and Outdoor, and Leupold rep, John Childs, he not only owns a rifle, but got set up with top of the line optics and ammo. Follow along through all these videos as John coaches Owin up on rifle calibers, bullets and their construction, scope rings, rifle scopes, optics and range finders to get him completely set up for his fall hunt! And, check back next week as we follow Owin and John out to the range to get Owin sighted in! If you're an old pro or just a beginner, there's something to learn for everyone in these videos!


Selecting a Rifle with John Childs
Selecting Optics for Your Rifle
Range Finders
What to look for in optics
The Importance of Good Scope Rings
Picking the "Best" Bullet

Buoy 10 In Full Swing


Buoy 10 In Full Swing

With the Buoy 10 season for chinook now past the halfway point, have a look at all the great content, expert interviews, tips and tricks, and live fishing footage we've put together so far this year! To continue to get content like this, make sure to check back often, here, on our website! The only place you can find video content from Outdoor GPS!


To catch this type of content LIVE, when it happens, tune in to Outdoor GPS on NBC Sports Northwest - Comcast channel 737 - or on Hulu Live, Youtube TV, or Playstation Vue!


Fish Time with Bryan Bell

Bil Monroe Jr from Buoy 10

Nick Popov Live from Buoy 10

Buoy 10 VIP - Part 1

Buoy 10 VIP - Part 2

Fishing with 360 Flashers

Outdoor GPS: In the Kitchen


Outdoor GPS: In the Kitchen

Cooking it up with Outdoor GPS:

Cooking with Patrick McKee: Cedar Plank Salmon
Cooking with Patrick McKee: Elk Osso Bucco
Cooking with Patrick McKee: Duck Breast
Cooking with Chef Patrick : Crab and Truffle Risotto
Cooking with Chef Chad: Wild Turkey
Cooking with Chef Chad : Oysters on the Half Shell
Cooking with Chef Chad: Venison Burger
Cooking with Chef Patrick: Venison Carpaccio
Cooking With Chef Chad: Dungeness Crab and Shrimp Salad

Outdoor GPS: From The Field


Outdoor GPS: From The Field

Check out these videos when Outdoor GPS his the road and gets out and about

Turkey Hunt with Jody Smith
Turkey Hunt with Jody Smith pt2
Robert G Dolton Bottom Fishing Trip
Drano Lake with Shane Magnuson
Highland Hills Ranch Afternoon Hunt
Highland Hills Ranch Evening Hunt
Sage Canyon pt1
Sage Canyon pt2
Sage Canyon pt3
Sage Canyon pt4
Hobie Duck Hunt
Columbia Walleye Class with Johnnie Candle
CCA King of the Reach
Home With Heroes Shooting Clinic
Buoy10 Fishing with Eric Baird of Play N Hooky Guide Service